Freedom Policy

I believe passionately in the freedom of the individual: freedom of speech, freedom of action, freedom to believe whatever you want. Nevertheless, in a civilised society individual freedom has to be curtailed a little for the protection of everyone. You can't be free to kill or steal. Freedom of speech has to stop just short of hate-speech.

The vast majority of people are probably freer now than at any time in human history. However there are still some who try to restrict the freedom of others. Some politicians still act like dictators. There are religions who would like to stamp out all other religions, and a lack of any religion. Committed ideologists seek to stifle anyone who doesn't agree with them.

Many people feel unable to exercise their freedom, especially freedom of speech, because they are inhibited by the intolerance of some politics, religions and ideologies. On these pages I may sometimes speak in opposition to such restrictions. I may even offend some people. Well, that's OK. You are free to be offended but that doesn't give you the right to censor me. You may however add your own comments on these pages. Indeed I welcome your comments whatever they may be, just as long as they stay inside the boundaries and don't stray into so-called hate-speech.

There's a little saying that I've seen attributed to a number of originators so I don't really know who said it first, but it's a fine philosophy to follow. "I do not necessarily agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

Cookie Policy

In it's wisdom, the EU has decreed that you should be told if a website uses cookies. As you probably discovered long ago, nearly every website does and they all display an annoying message much like the one you've probably just clicked to get here. Congratulations on your diligence. You'll quickly find that I use very few cookies so this section is very short. Sad to say, the policies that are so long-winded that you don't bother to read them are probably exactly the ones you should be looking out for. Anyway, no more waffle: here it is!

Like nearly every website in the whole world, I use Google Analytics to understand a bit more about my website visitors and that requires a couple of cookies. It's stuff like which are the most popular pages, which country you're in and what sort of device you use to view this page. I don't get any personal information about you whatsoever.

When you click the "That's Fine" button, the website sets another cookie so it will know in future not to display that annoying message on every page. It is implicit in this that you are accepting cookies.

The adverts on these pages are provided by Google Adsense. Both Google Adsense and Google Analytics will send certain information to Google including the URL of the page you're visiting and your IP address. Google uses the information to deliver its services, maintain and improve them, develop new services, measure the effectiveness of advertising, protect against fraud and abuse and personalise content and ads that you see on Google and on partner sites and apps. If you want more information about this, go to https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites?hl=en-GB&gl=uk.

That's it! Nothing more.

Privacy Policy

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we are required to document the way we handle and process personal data. That's pretty simple: we don't collect or receive any personal data so there's nothing to process.

As we already mentioned, Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve adverts based on your visit to this site and/or other sites on the Internet. You can opt out of personalised advertising by visiting Google Ads Settings.